Poorman's spring is on the south side of the Juniata River.
It is just above Iroquois falls.
That is the nice ledge with the chute in the middle about 6 miles downstream from Newport.
The 2001 Juniata Sojourn people enjoyed Iroquois falls but missed Poorman's spring.
It is approximately across the river from the midway exit on 322.
The Game Commission objects to cleaning it up and getting rid of the poison ivy.
They say there is a $100.00 fine per plant for killing poison ivy on Game Commission land.
I don't know how long ago this became Game Commission land, but it is just a small area
between the railroad tracks and the river.
It is only accessible by river unless you cross the railroad tracks and I have heard that is illegal.
There are volunteers to clean it up.
Joe would love to be allowed to work on that and there are some members
of the canoe club that would help also.
You can see canoe club members in the pictures on the web page.
That would cost nothing. It would be nice to restore it to the original state.
I don't know how much would be involved there.
It is almost intact.
There are a few of the big stones that have collapsed on the upper end where you see the
people sitting in the 1893 picture.
The left side as you face it is in good shape.
The right side looks good but I can't tell for sure since in is covered with dirt and weeds.
The front where the water flows looks just like in the 1893 picture except without the watermelon!
The stones were supposedly carved and beveled to make that teardrop shape in Hummelstown
and transported up there by canal boat.
One guy familiar with that kind of thing said he thinks they were actually original
canal stones that were then beveled to put around the spring.
It really is a wonderful place and should be preserved.